Traditional Student Awards for American Students

Traditional Fulbright Canada Student awards are intended for American citizens who are graduate students, prospective graduate students, or promising young professionals who wish to study and/or conduct research in Canada. Awards may be held at any university, research centre, think tank, or government agency in Canada.


Award Details:

The award is a fixed sum of $15,000 for one academic year beginning September 2015. The 2015-16 competition deadline is October 14, 2014 at 5:00pm EST. Applications become available on May 15th, 2014.

(Applicants who will have received a Ph.D. by December 31, 2014, must apply to the Fulbright Canada Scholar Program.)


Grantees are expected to use the award to cover necessary expenses such as housing, travel, school fees and other academic expenditures. Basic health insurance is also provided, along with visa services. Fulbright enrichment opportunities are also available on a competitive basis.


Types of Grants:

American students can take up the award in one of three ways.

Formal enrolment awards are intended for students who plan to enroll in a graduate program at a Canadian university. The student must seek admission at the same time as they apply for a Fulbright award. The Traditional Fulbright Canada award would support the first nine months of the student’s graduate degree.

Research awards are intended for students enrolled in a graduate program at an American university, and who wish to conduct research in Canada that will support their U.S. degree. The Traditional Fulbright Canada award would support the student’s nine month academic year in Canada.

Independent research awards are intended for researchers who have completed an undergraduate degree or a master’s degree at an American university and who wish to pursue one academic year of independent research in Canada.



All grantees must have an approved affiliation with an appropriate host (i.e., a university or other research-oriented institution) in Canada and are responsible for securing such affiliation and documenting it in the application. Applicants are encouraged to establish an affiliation with the intended host institution at an early stage and ideally have a fallback position. Applicants must list their potential host institution(s) in the Statement of Grant Purpose.


Important Dates

How to Apply

Each September, Fulbright Canada hosts the incoming cohort of American Fulbright students and scholars, and the entire incoming class of Killam Fellows for a fall Orientation in Ottawa. 

Some of the 2011-2012 U.S. students shared why they chose Canada for their Fulbright experience.



From New York to Toronto: my Fulbright paved the way to discovery and success

Andrew Levinson 
2010-11 Fulbright Student